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Expecting Adam

By Martha Nibley Beck

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Format: Paperback, 355 pages
Published In: USA, 01 August 2011

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Expecting Adam is an autobiographical tale of an academically oriented Harvard couple who conceive a baby with Down's syndrome and decide to carry him to term. Despite everything Martha Beck and her husband John know about themselves and their belief system, when Martha gets accidentally pregnant and the foetus is discovered to have Down's syndrome, the Becks find they cannot even consider abortion. The presence of the foetus that they each, privately, believe is a familiar being named Adam is too strong. As Martha's terribly difficult pregnancy progresses, odd coincidences and paranormal experiences begin to occur for both Martha and John, though for months they don't share them with each other. Martha's pregnancy and Adam (once born) become the catalyst for tremendous life changes for the Becks.

About the Author

MARTHA BECK is a writer, life coach, and columnist for O, the Oprah Magazine. She has a B.A., an M.A., and a Ph.D. in sociology from Harvard. Beck's other books include the New York Times bestseller Finding Your Own North Star, Leaving the Saints, The Four Day Win, The Joy Diet, and Steering by Starlight. Dr. Beck lives in Phoenix, Arizona, with her family.

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"Immensely appealing...hooked me on the first page and propelled me right through visions and out-of-body experiences I would normally scoff at."--Detroit Free Press "I challenge any reader not to be moved by it."--New York Newsday "Expecting Adam is Martha Beck's meticulously written, uplifting, and compassionate account of being gifted with a retarded son who opens her heart to the deep intuitions that love can bring." --Judith Orloff, M.D., author of Second Sight "Set half in Harvard and half in heaven, Expecting Adam is a tough-minded yet tender-hearted book of spiritual discovery--a rueful, riveting, piercingly funny, thoroughly modern and deeply old-fashioned memoir. In short, a book to be reckoned with." --Julia Cameron, author of The Artist's Way "I can't believe I almost didn't read this book. The thing is, I thought it was about a lady who had a baby with Down Syndrome. This is like saying ANNA KARENINA is a book about a lady who commits suicide. In fact, this book is about matters so important and yet so totally way-out that I would accept no one but a comic genius with seven years at Harvard under her belt telling me about them. That's Martha Beck: funny, companionable, razor-sharp, down-to-earth, and onto the Big Secrets of Life Itself. Anyone considering having a child should have to read this book. It has changed some of my thinking about pregnancy and about children with disabilities, and I don't think it's too much to say it could change my life." --Marion Winik, author of First Comes Love and The Lunchbox Chronicles "Expecting Adam is not one of those grit-your-teeth, lemons-into-lemonade sagas that leave the reader feeling more besieged and guilty than the writer. It is a long hymn, from a practical woman caught flatfooted by amazing grace. Martha Beck is a celebrant skeptics can trust." --Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of The Most Wanted and The Deep End of the Ocean "I laughed. I cried. I couldn't put it down. I didn't want it to end. I wish I knew Adam and his family--and of course I do. A brave, uplifting, life-transforming book." --Sophy Burnham, author of A Book of Angels "With uncommon sense and dependable wit, Martha Beck unravels every assumption about the meaning of life, choice, love--and the wisdom of pursuing happiness through any of the usual routes. If Expecting Adam raises suspicions among more rational readers that Martha Beck is slightly crazy, it raised my hopes that I'd catch it from her." --Mary Kay Blakely, author of American Mom

Perhaps best known as a columnist for O, the Oprah Magazine, Beck has an MA and a Ph.D. in sociology from Harvard University. Here, she tells a very personal story. After years of working toward academic goals, Beck found herself unexpectedly pregnant. When told that their baby would have Down syndrome, she and her husband opted to follow their instincts rather than trust that medical professionals would know what was best for their family. The ways in which their goals and lives change are bittersweet. VERDICT Read by Earphones Award winner Joyce Bean, the memoir is quiet and gentle, allowing the listener time to absorb the story line.-Pam Kingsbury, Univ. of North Alabama, Florence (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

EAN: 9780307719645
ISBN: 0307719642
Publisher: Three Rivers Press (CA)
Dimensions: 20.07 x 13.21 x 2.29 centimetres (0.23 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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